If were all to let the world get to us for every little thing that goes wrong or isn’t fair, we’d all be miserable. In misery is no way to live.
Living a positive lifestyle and in a positive state of mind allows us to deal with these bumps in the road and turn them into something good. We either take a lesson learned or do something to fix the problem and turn it in to something better. Always try and see the positives, silver linings, and bright sides. You’ll benefit greatly.
I know what positive thinking is capable of accomplishing because it’s gotten me through the roughest times in my life. When facing terminal illness, a major surgery, or anything that pretty much terrifies you but is something you have to take on, positive thinking can help you tremendously. If you’re spiritually, you may call it having faith. Whatever you want to call it, I highly encourage others to incorporate this mind frame into one of their everyday goals and soon it’ll become natural and maybe even a part of your learned personality traits.
Of course, everybody struggles with the negative thoughts and little voices that creep into our minds. It’s a part of human nature, unfortunately. Being a big worrier is something I have always struggled with. I have to intentionally put forth an effort to reset myself when I notice I’m going the wrong direction with my mind frame.
A Few Tips to #StayPosi
Count your blessings.
Just take a moment to take a quick inventory of your life and all the blessings in it. My husband always tells me this whenever I am down about something. The first time he ever said this to me was when I had been diagnosed with the cavernous malformation in my brain stem and we were at a crossroads to make the decision whether or not to operate. It helped me tremendously to count all the blessings in my life and how thankful I was to be in Houston, Texas at the Texas Medical Center with an amazing team of doctors and nurses to battle this diagnosis.
Measure your opportunities.
Oh wait, they’re endless. Realize what a capable person you are and think about all the special skills and awesome qualities that you possess that are so unique to only you. Everyone has something good they can offer this world, you’re no exception!
Turn that frown upside down.
Seriously, just try smiling. Smile the biggest smile you can. Do it and hold it for 5 seconds, now take a deep breath. Feel better? Trying to incorporate smiling a little more in your life promotes positive thinking.
Ignore the haters.
Don’t listen to anybody who tries to discourage you or steal your joy. Never put the key to your happiness and confidence in somebody else’s pocket. Pay no attention to negative Nancy’s.. although, sometimes, they seem to be everywhere. Don’t let them enter your mind space. They don’t belong there.
Practice positive self talk.
We all have a personal dialogue with ourselves in our minds. This is called self talk. Always speak positively and in a loving way. Again, practice turning off any negative thoughts that may try to creep in. Use positive words, not negative ones.
Develop your own positive inspiration and mantras.
It’s also really awesome to visually see positivity, inspiration, and things that make you happy. I use Pinterest for this. I’ve dedicated a board specifically to Inspiring Words & Personal Mantras. This is the place I like to go when I need a little encouragement in my day to day.
Visualize positive outcomes.
When dealing with the inevitable stressful situations or troubling times of life, close your eyes and visualize in your mind a successful, favorable, happy outcome. For example, you have a job interview coming up. Visualize yourself: what your wearing, what your hair looks like. Now visualize yourself succeeding. Having an awesome interview and getting the job! You can do anything. Visualizing will help put you in great mind frame then you can go into these situations as positively and confidently as possible!
Be your biggest cheerleader.
It may be cheesy but most of all, just love yourself. When things get rough, know you will get through them and be better for it. You will come out on top, stronger than ever. Know that life gives us many lessons in life and it’s our job to learn from them. Life is beautiful, life is good, life is a lesson. Do the best to enjoy yours with as much love, happiness, success, and joy in it. Live your life by your design and not be default. Do and make happen! And most of all.. just please, stay positive!